Appreciate your favorite teachers with fudge brownies from Fairytale

I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom. - Author Unknown

gourmet food giftsWe all have at least one teacher in our lives who holds a special place. Maybe he took the extra time to explain calculus so you wouldn't fail math class; maybe her sense of humor made you forget you were learning; maybe he challenged you with difficult exams so you would reach deep within and know how to produce more when needed.

We celebrate those wonderful influencers during the first week of May for Teacher Appreciation Week. Flowers, crafts, gift cards, poems, and coffee mugs are just some of gifts we give to those who inspire and motivate. I may be partial, but I think food gifts - specifically gourmet brownie gifts - are the best way to show your appreciation.

Fairytale Brownies offers elegant favor boxes filled with your choice of three sizes of individually wrapped fudge brownies... a perfect snack while grading papers or for an anytime treat. The box is beautiful, the brownies are...

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Are gourmet cookies a safer pick than cookie dough shots?

gourmet cookieCookie dough is all the rage these days. The Roasting Plant coffee shop in downtown Detroit has hopped on the bandwagon with gourmet cookie dough shots.

As described in an article in the Detroit Free Press, “The uncooked dough balls, studded with chunks of dark chocolate, are sold in shot-glass-sized plastic cups in a cooler in front of the shop's cash registers.”

Small shots, the equivalent of half a cookie, are $1.49. Large shots, equal to a whole cookie, cost $2.49.

As we posted earlier this year, the USDA warned consumers on Twitter: “Don’t eat the raw dough! It contains uncooked eggs that may contain Salmonella bacteria.” But don’t worry about these cookie dough shots being a threat to your health.

Shop manager Kristen Wing has taken this into consideration, as she explained to the Detroit Free Press. “The cookie dough is the same as the cookies, except it's made with pasteurized eggs so it won't make you sick,” Wing said.

Given that, stop by the Roasting Plant and grab a gourmet...

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National Playground Safety Week Conjures Fun Times On The Safety Swing

I remember playing on the swing set in my uncle's yard with my two sisters. Because I was the youngest, I had to use the swing with "safety" seat so I wouldn't fall out. This seat was wooden with a sliding bar that often stuck when you were trying to get in or out of it.

kaboom, buy brownies onlineAs some children do, my sisters liked to swing as high as they could, and then jump off into the air. Such thrill seekers they were! I wanted to be one, too.

The girls jumped off their swings many times, and as they did, two of the metal poles of the swing set would come out of the ground. Each time I saw this, I would worry that we were going to tip over. My sisters reassured me that EVERY swing set did this... I was such a baby.

Then my sisters took one final swing and one final leap. Of course, the swing set tipped over with me still sitting in my safety seat. I'm sure they were thankful they weren't the ones imprisoned on the ground with an overturned swing set collapsed around them. They were concerned I wasn't hurt....

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13 gourmet brownie recipes that’ll knock your socks off

gourmet browniesWith the blogosphere cranking out so many amazing recipes on a daily basis, it’s hard to keep up.

Of course, you can skip the hassle of scouring the Internet for recipes by ordering gourmet brownie and cookie gifts from Fairytale Brownies.

However, if you also like to roll up your sleeves and get to work in the kitchen, then you’re in luck. Nettie Moore of Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog recently rounded up 13 knock-your-socks-off brownie recipes for a slideshow in Parade’s Community Table.

Here are five recipes from the list (with Nettie’s delicious descriptions) that really caught our eye.

  • Strawberries and Cream Brownies. An amazing brownie sandwich filled with strawberries and cream!
  • Low Fat Zucchini Brownies. Brownies made with zucchini, bananas and applesauce, no eggs and no oil. They get denser the next day, if they last that long!
  • Blackberry Cheesecake Swirled Brownies. Rich and decadent brownies have been kicked up to a whole new level!
  • Brownie Cheesecake Bars-P. The chewy brownie and...
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Perfect brownie gifts as seen on TV? Here’s a better choice.

perfect brownie giftYou may remember seeing TV ads for the Perfect Brownie Pan. In fact, if you love perfect brownie gifts as much as we do, you may even have dialed the 800-number right then and there. And, if you did, the Federal Trade Commission has your back.

That’s right. The FTC has a bone to pick with Allstar Marketing Group, the marketer behind Perfect Brownie Pans and other as-seen-on-TV products like the Snuggie and Magic Mesh door covers.

Last month, according to an article in Consumerist, AMG agreed to pay $7.5 million to the FTC and $500,000 to the New York Attorney General’s Office. The agreement came after AMG allegedly duped buyers with buy-one-get-one free offers that included oversized shipping and handling fees.

So, yeah, you might think twice about that particular purchase. However, if you’re still on the lookout for the perfect brownie gift, Fairytale Brownies has you covered.

Just in time for the season, we have a delicious lineup of mouthwatering brownies, cookies, and bars wrapped in...

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Fairytale Brownies donates teambuilding efforts to Sojourner Center

Four of us just got back from delivering a van full of Radio Flyer Red Wagons and Tricycles to the children at Sojourner Center in Phoenix.

brownies, wagons

The squeals of delight from the preschoolers when they saw the trikes and wagons lined up on their playground made my heart skip a beat. Those kids were adorable!

One little 4-year-old boy hopped on a trike and took off around the walkway at full speed. Others took their time and checked out the goods before trying them out. (The adults were delighted as well. We brought fudge brownies for them to share.)

I wish all our team members at Fairytale Brownies could have been with us at the center, but I know they had just as much fun building the toys for the children at our teambuilding event the day before.

During the event, eight Fairytale Brownies teams played games to earn parts to build their tricycles and wagons.They burst balloons on their bellies, caught balls in buckets on their heads, lit up tap lights with thrown bean bags, and found color-coded...

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Where to Get a FREE Snack Before a Spring Training Game Near Tempe Diablo Stadium

gourmet brownies, fudge brownies, free brownieThe first Cactus League 2015 Spring Training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. March 5, and we are excited to announce that Fairytale Brownies will offer a Free Brownie to everyone who brings their ticket into the Fairytale Bakery before the game.

While most of the country is still buried under several feet of snow, or bundled up in winter coats and scarves, baseball fans will be sporting T-shirts and ball caps, and soaking up some Arizona sunshine. But before you relax at the game, pick up a sweet treat at Fairytale Brownies down the street!

Spring training game attendees are invited to stop by the bakery before ANY Tempe Diablo Stadium weekday game throughout the Cactus League season. If you show your game-day ticket when you purchase a gourmet brownie, you will receive another fudge brownie FREE. (BOGO)

Fairytale Brownies is located at 4610 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix - about a mile from Tempe Diablo Stadium. The bakery store open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday...

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Fairytale Brownies Makes Monthly Birthday Gifting Easy for Businesses

chocolate brownies, deliver browniesBirthdays are kind of a big deal at Fairytale Brownies. Some of us decorate cubicles with balloons, streamers and confetti, and shower each other with gifts of food and little surprises - all to let our co-workers know they are special. And then we receive a treat from the owners of the company. I have to say - it doesn't matter how old you are, that little bit of appreciation boosts your spirits so much that you feel like you can do anything that day.

We've discovered many businesses celebrating similarly - They're using Fairytale Brownies gifts as the birthday surprise.

Companies will email us a spreadsheet listing the names, birth dates and addresses to send for a particular month. Then we will ship the specific gift requested by the birth dates with the specified gift messages. Some companies choose to deliver brownies to employees, clients or vendors at their home address. Others ship brownies to their work address. Either way, the recipient is sure to receive a fresh box of...

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In college football, the best cookies land the best players

For diehard college football fans, the season doesn’t end with the bowl games. It extends into February.caramel pecan cookie gifts

That’s when high school seniors announce which university they’ll play football for in the fall. Recruiting is a big business in college football – and it trickles all the way down into the world of desserts.

ESPN’s Jeremy Crabtree recently reported on a trend of cookie gifts playing a vital role in the wooing of high school football players.

"Kids get fired up by the funniest things," Florida Atlantic University assistant coach Nick Caley told ESPN. "I know we've stepped up our cookie game here at FAU. We now have cookie cakes for the kids that are the thickness of a brownie."

The tactic doesn’t always pay off. We wrote in September about a cookie gift controversy at the University of South Carolina, which reported seven NCAA rules infractions including one related to “impermissible iced decorations on a cookie cake” given to high school recruits.

We think the tactic is more likely to pay...

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Gourmet brownies the inventor of peanut butter would love

peanut butter cookie giftThirty-five years after he was born on this day in 1849, Marcellus Gilmore Edson changed life as we know it. (Or, at least as I know it, since I’m somewhat addicted to his invention.)

According to Wikipedia, the Canadian pharmacist became the first person to patent peanut butter in 1884. In his patent application, he described peanut butter as having “a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment” and requiring peanuts to be milled to “a fluid or semi-fluid state.”

If that sounds less than appetizing, our peanut butter-flavored gourmet brownies and cookie gifts may do the trick for you.

Our Peanut Butter Cookie combines natural peanut butter and pure cane sugar to create a creamy cookie with that classic peanut butter taste.

Our customer service team lead Ellie Perry is especially fond of the cookie. “The peanut butter cookie is a classic-style cookie,” she said. “Rich peanut butter flavor with just the right amount of crunch on the edge and soft texture in the middle. LOVE IT!”

Our P...

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